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All the Stars in the Heavens
3.47
it was ok
As much as I wanted to love this new fictional account centered on the infamous "relationship" between silver screen legends Loretta Young and Clark G ...more
Sep 2015
Sep 07, 2015
 
The School of Essential Ingredients
3.78
really liked it
Renowned chef Lillian owns a restaurant in the Pacific Northwest and every Monday night she hosts a cooking class.

Yep, that's pretty much it. Sounds t
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Jan 2009
Jan 22, 2009
 
The Jewel of Medina
3.52
it was ok
The Quick Synopsis:
The Jewel of Medina is a historical fiction novel about A'isha bint Abu Bakr, one of the Prophet Muhammad's numerous wives and, acc
...more
Nov 25, 2008
Nov 21, 2008
 
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
3.87
it was amazing
Every once in a great while a book comes along that reminds me why I love to read. I'm not big on giving out 5 stars for a book, but this novel deserv ...more
Jul 08, 2011
Nov 06, 2010
 
The Lady of the Rivers (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #1)
3.97
it was ok
I've enjoyed a small handful of Philippa Gregory novels in the past and the subject of her newest book entitled The Lady of the Rivers, the third in h ...more
Sep 02, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
 
The World Rose
1.66
did not like it
So by now you've heard what happens when reviewers pan this author's work. Yes, the one in question was tracked down via Facebook and assaulted with a ...more
Nov 04, 2014
Nov 04, 2014
 
Winter in Madrid
3.79
it was amazing
It takes a darned good book to get a 5-star review out of me. I'd give this one 10 stars if it were an option.

In 1936 Spain, as World War II was gear
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not set
Feb 18, 2009
 
Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
3.66
did not like it
I'm afraid I find myself in the distinct minority here. I truly did not care for this book. But before I come under attack by all the fans of this now ...more
Apr 24, 2012
Apr 24, 2012
 
Bull Mountain
3.96
it was amazing
Debut novel. It's not easy to write a review of a debut novel so well-written as Panowich's Bull Mountain. I threw it into the sub-genre of Hillbilly ...more
Apr 15, 2015
Apr 19, 2015
 
While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man's Descent into Madness
3.97
it was amazing
Given the opportunity most Washingtonians - myself included - are eager to extol the virtues of our state. We rank exceptionally high in the top place ...more
Jan 12, 2016
Jan 11, 2016
 
The Marriage Game
3.24
liked it
Although I've never cared for Weir's historical work (well researched but too biased in my opinion), I did very much like the first historical fiction ...more
Nov 12, 2014
Nov 01, 2014
 
The Space Between (Outlander, #7.5)
4.22
really liked it
This Outlander novella tracks the story of Joan McKimmie (Jamie Fraser's step-daughter by Laoghaire) when she leaves Scotland for France under the pro ...more
Apr 05, 2014
Mar 26, 2014
 
The Secret Chord
3.56
liked it
With no knowledge of the Biblical King David (beyond the old David v Goliath story) to go on, I went into this novel with no historical baggage to pre ...more
Jul 25, 2015
Aug 14, 2015
 
A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)
3.93
it was ok
I wanted to quietly give this book it's two stars and move on with my life, but after seeing at least a hundred 5 star reviews merely because it has " ...more
Dec 06, 2014
Dec 03, 2014
 
Vixen (Flappers, #1)
3.75
did not like it
Although it's been mentioned by other reviewers, my chief problem with this new series is that it is a complete re-write of Godbersen's The Luxe Serie ...more
Dec 31, 2010
Dec 23, 2010
 
Badlands (A Highway Quartet Novel #3)
3.92
really liked it
This was the first CJ Box novel I've read and I was *not* disappointed. Billed as a standalone novel (as opposed to his long-running series), I found ...more
Apr 04, 2015
Apr 21, 2015
 
The Way I Used to Be
4.09
really liked it
When Eden is sexually assaulted by her older brother's best friend (and practically another family member himself), it changes the course of her life ...more
Oct 18, 2015
Oct 18, 2015
 
Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen
3.94
it was ok
Ultimately I have to disagree with all the blurbs on the back of this non-fiction work on Mary Tudor. Historians such as David Starkey and Antonia Fra ...more
Jun 07, 2011
May 14, 2011
 
The Traitor's Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II
3.74
it was amazing
I am very picky about historical fiction.

I like my historical fiction very, very well-researched. Don't mess with known history or rearrange timelines
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Apr 2009
Apr 08, 2009
 
Where They Found Her
3.84
liked it
3.5 Stars. McCreight's newest novel is centered around a small university town where the body of a newborn infant has been found in the river. Molly, ...more
Jan 17, 2015
Jan 16, 2015
 
Big Little Lies
4.21
it was amazing
Liane Moriarty caught everyone's attention with her previous novel, The Husband's Secret, and most readers knew she be back with another solid contemp ...more
Jul 14, 2014
Jul 15, 2014
 
Katherine
4.18
liked it
I may be the only reader out there who does not care for this book. While the historical details are rich, it was the title character of Katherine (mi ...more
Jan 2005
May 14, 2011
 
Where All Light Tends to Go
3.68
it was amazing
4.5 Broke my heart. That's all for now. More later.
Dec 11, 2014
Nov 14, 2014
 
The Last Kind Words Saloon
2.97
really liked it
Unlike other readers, I felt a cohesiveness to this shorter-than-usual (224 pages) novel from the legendary McMurtry. Like many others, McMurtry's Lon ...more
Mar 26, 2014
Mar 26, 2014
 
Space Case
4.27
really liked it
My eight year old and I read a *lot* of fantasy middle readers. Hey, he's an eight year old boy. Eight year old boys love dragons, wizards, and magic. ...more
Nov 09, 2014
Oct 25, 2014
 
Fingersmith
4.02
really liked it
If you're amazed that it took me this long to finally get around to this book, believe me when I say this was quite intentional. I'm always leery of r ...more
Nov 27, 2014
Jul 01, 2010
 
A Dangerous Inheritance
3.82
liked it
Weir gets her history straight and as a history buff, I certainly do admire that in a historical fiction writer. What didn't work for me was the execu ...more
Aug 13, 2012
Aug 02, 2012
 
Landline
3.55
liked it
I am going to admit - up front - that I am a huge, huge Rainbow Rowell fan. I have adored every word this woman has written and have often said that I ...more
Apr 19, 2014
May 08, 2014
 
Petty Magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublemaker
3.51
really liked it
For some reason, likely the full title of this novel (Petty Magic: Being the Memoirs and Confessions of Miss Evelyn Harbinger, Temptress and Troublema ...more
Dec 06, 2010
Nov 28, 2010
 
The Divorce Papers
3.24
really liked it
The story of a divorcing couple and the young attorney representing the wife in the divorce, The Divorce Papers is notable for it's unique format. The ...more
Jan 2014
Feb 26, 2014
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